Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
29-Year-Old CenterC
Cleveland Cavaliers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In terms of pure production, Thompson is coming off his best season since 2013-14, and he averaged 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds across 27.9 minutes per game. However, he only appeared in 43 games for the Cavaliers. The 28-year-old's biggest concern heading into the 2019-20 season is his durability, as he has now played in just 96 regular-season games over the last two seasons. Last year, Thompson was plagued with a foot injury, and the season before it was both his calf and ankle. The good news for Thompson is that when he was active last year, he was a starter, and the Cavaliers' frontcourt personnel remains relatively unchanged entering this season. So, if Thompson is healthy, he will likely be heavily featured in the center rotation along with Larry Nance and Ante Zizic. Thompson's future with Cleveland, however, is another story, as he is entering the final year of the lucrative five-year deal he signed with the team back in 2015. As a large expiring deal on a team that is focused on the development of younger talent, Thompson could potentially end up being traded at some point this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Cavaliers in October of 2015.
Personal Bio

Tristan Trevor James Thompson was born in 1991 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada to Trevor and Andrea Thompson. He went locally to St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School for his freshman year before transferring to Saint Benedict's Prep School in New Jersey. At the tail end of his junior season, Thompson moved on to Findlay Prep in Nevada and helped the team win a National Championship. As a senior, he averaged 15.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks en route to a 32-2 record. Thompson was subsequently named as a McDonald's All-American, Jordan Brand Classic All-Star and Nike Hoop Summit invitee. He has represented Canada at a few events, most notably when he won a bronze medal at the 2008 FIBA Americas U-18 Championship. In honor of his youngest brother, Thompson established the Amari Thompson Fund to support and spread awareness about epilepsy. You can follow him on Twitter (@RealTristan13) and Instagram (@realtristan13).

College/International Summary

After a prolific and wide-ranging high school career in Canada and prep school, Thompson moved south to play college ball at Texas. The forward played for coach Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's as well as winning a national championship with fellow Canadian Cory Joseph at Findley Prep. For Texas, Thompson came off the bench for the first two games of the season before coach Rick Barnes installed him into the starting lineup. The 6-foot-8 forward responded by leading the team with 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks along with 13.1 points. He accumulated 10 double-doubles, including 17 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Michigan State. The Longhorns rolled to 11 straight wins in Big 12 play before stumbling in February. Texas advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament behind a pair of double-doubles from Thompson before losing to Kansas. The squad earned a No. 4 seed at the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Round of 32. After one season with the Longhorns, Thompson announced his availability for the 2011 NBA Draft, where he was drafted fourth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ruled out Tuesday
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March 9, 2020
Thompson (eye) won't play Tuesday against Chicago, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.
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Thompson suffered the eye injury during Sunday's clash with the Spurs and was unable to return. Andre Drummond and Larry Nance could see an increased workload Tuesday with Thompson out of commission.
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2019

Thompson appeared in 57 games for the Cavaliers during the 2019-20 season. He averaged career highs in points (12.0) and assists (2.1) per game. He also averaged 10.1 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 steals. He shot 51.2 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three on 23 total attempts and 61.5 percent from the free-throw line. Thompson set new single-game career highs of 35 points, 22 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three three-pointers. His 35-point effort was Jan. 9 against the Pistons. Thompson shot 15-of-20 from the field, 0-of-1 from three and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and added 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in 45 minutes. He also posted 25 double-doubles on the season. His longest streak of double-doubles was the first four games of the season. During that stretch, Thompson averaged 20.3 points on 16.0 shots, 11.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 assists. He ranked 12th in total rebounds (577) and third in total offensive rebounds (226).

2018

Thompson dealt with injuries for a considerable part of the 2018-2019 season. He started 40 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and played in 43 games. After 27 contests, Thompson missed 10-straight games in late December due to a foot injury. Later, Thompson missed another 26-game stretch from Jan. 18 to Mar. 18 due to reoccurring issues with the injured foot. During the injury shortened season, he set a new career high for rebounds per game with 10.2 and averaged a double-double with 10.9 points per game. His scoring average was his highest output since the 2013-2014 season. Thompson also registered a career best two assists per game. On Dec. 8, he posted a season-high 23 points, plus 19 rebounds, leading the Cavs to a 116-101 win over Washington. Less than a month prior, he matched his career best rebounding performance with 21 boards in a 113-89 Cavs victory over the Hornets. Cleveland finished the season with a 19-63 record and missed the playoffs. Thompson has two more years remaining on his contract with the Cavs.

2017

Thompson appeared in 53 games (22 starts) for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017-2018. The Canadian big man averaged 5.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per tilt and shot over 56 percent from the field for the third consecutive season. Known for his rebounding prowess, Thompson collected double-digit rebounds in 11 games during the regular season, snatching a season-high 14 rebounds against New Orleans on Mar. 30. Thompson appeared in 19 playoff games for the Cavs. He tallied three double-doubles. His best playoff performances came during the Eastern Conference Finals, where he averaged 7.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in a seven-game series victory over the Boston Celtics. Thompson helped the Cavaliers advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.

2016

Thompson averaged 8.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assists during the 2016-17 season. The departure of Timofey Mozgov officially gave Thompson the starting center position, where the 6-foot-9 big man started and played 78 games. Though he missed four contests, his 447 consecutive appearances remained the longest streak in team history and longest active streak in the NBA up until April 5. Thompson shot a career-best 60 percent from the field, which would have placed fifth for the league had the 26-year-old played the qualifying number of minutes. He achieved his season highs of 22 points, 20 rebounds and five assists all during February. Thompson completed the month averaging 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists through 11 games. Cleveland finished the year at 51-31 to earn the second seed in the Eastern Conference, allowing the six-year vet to compete in his third straight postseason. Thompson posted averages of 8.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists through 18 playoff contests. He provided his best performance with 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Boston.

2015

After entering the open market as a restricted free agent, Thompson eventually re-signed with the Cavaliers on a five-year contract. He averaged 7.8 points and 9.0 rebounds under 27.7 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season. For the fourth consecutive year, Thompson played all 82 games -- albeit starting just 34 times -- and finished near the top of the league in offensive rebounds (268, 2nd). He shot a career-best 58.8 percent, a marked improvement over his 54.7 percent from the 2014-15 campaign. Thompson arguably delivered his best performance of the year with 15 points (6-6 FG, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists and one block during a start against the Lakers on Feb. 10. He shared the starting center spot with Timofey Mozgov, though, so that lead to him starting under 50 percent of the regular season. Cleveland finished first in the East at 57-25 and entrusted Thompson as the starting center for the playoffs, where the 25-year-old center averaged 6.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. The 25-year-old established playoff highs of 15 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal through the Cavaliers' 21 postseason contests. The decision to start Thompson proved essential as the Cavs went on to win the franchise's first NBA title in a thrilling seven-game Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

2014

Thompson played all 82 games for the third consecutive year, averaging 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Cavaliers during the season. Though the acquisitions of LeBron James and Kevin Love moved the four-year vet to the bench, he remained one of the best rebounders on offense by finishing fifth in offensive boards (274). Thompson occasionally played from the starting lineup, averaging 12.6 points and 9.7 rebounds for 15 games. He produced a season-high mark in points during a start, assembling 24 points on Jan. 16 against the Clippers, but his season-high 19 rebounds on Mar. 1 against the Rockets came from the bench. Thompson largely refined his shot efficiency while coming off the bench, improving from 47.7 percent shooting the previous year to a career-best 54.7 percent. Cleveland concluded the campaign at 53-29, confirming a first playoff appearance for the 24-year-old. After an uneventful first round, he received the starting power forward spot after a shoulder injury to Love forced the All-Star to miss the rest of the postseason. Thompson averaged 10.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 15 playoff starts for the Cavs. He put forward his best rebounding performance during the deciding Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, garnering 17 boards against the Bulls. Thompson scored a playoff-high 19 points in Game 5 of the NBA Finals before Cleveland ultimately lost the series to Golden State in six.

2013

During the 2013 offseason, Thompson made the unusual decision of switching his shooting hand from his left hand to the right. The sudden alteration proved to have no adverse effect on his scoring output, as he repeated last year's stats by playing 82 games and once again averaged 11.7 points per game. The efficiency did not take a hit either, as Thompson shot a respectable 47.7 percent from the field and a career-best 69.3 percent from the free throw line. Arguably, the 23-year-old's most standout performance came on Feb. 12 against the Pistons, as he scored 25 points (a season-high) and grabbed 15 boards. In February, Thompson had his best month and averaged 13.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. The third-year vet's 9.2 rebounds per game ranked 19th in the NBA and his 754 total rebounds ranked 13th. Thompson established a new rebounding career-best on Dec. 4 by obtaining 21 boards (nine offensive) against the Nuggets. His total of 269 offensive boards ranked fifth among all NBA players. For the season, Thompson tallied 36 double-doubles, a five game improvement over last season.

2012

Thompson averaged 11.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his second season with the Cavaliers. The second-year forward played and started all 82 contests, averaging 31.3 minutes per game during the campaign. His constant availability had a significant effect on his total rebounding numbers, as Thompson finished with 773 total boards, good for 9th in the NBA, and 306 offensive boards, which ranked 2nd in the league. The 22-year-old established new career highs for points and rebounds in the same game, scoring 29 points and collecting 17 boards on Apr. 5 at Boston. Thompson significantly improved his shot efficiency and frequency. This season he shot 48.8 percent from the field with 9.7 field goals attempts per contest compared to the 43.9 percent and 7.4 field goals attempts per game that he shot last season as a rookie.

2011

Following a year at the University of Texas, Thompson joined the Cleveland Cavaliers via the fourth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. The former McDonald's All-American went on to average 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks during his rookie season with the Cavs. Thompson made most of a lockout-shortened campaign, playing 60 games and eventually cementing a starting position in the Cleveland lineup. Thompson made his NBA debut on Dec. 26 with 12 points and five rebounds in a home loss to the Raptors. On Mar. 18, Thompson received his first NBA start and posted seven points, six boards, one assist and one steal in a home loss to the Hawks. The following night, the rookie posted a season-high 27 points, plus 12 rebounds, during a win at New Jersey. Thompson would continue to start for the rest of the season and started 25 total games for the Cavs, posting averages of 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds during that span. The league rewarded Thompson with a spot on the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2011
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • October 22, 2015
    Signed a five-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
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Thompson's 2017-18 campaign was arguably the worst of his career. To begin with, injuries seemed to pile up for the veteran, as a left calf strain and a right ankle sprain limited him to just 53 total games. Thompson had previously missed four or less games in each of the prior five seasons, so that appeared to be more of an aberration than anything. Still, the Cavaliers pivoted to smaller, more athletic players at center for much of the year anyway, which resulted in a significant dip in Thompson's playing time. After averaging 29.9 minutes in 2016-17, his per game number fell to just 20.2, and he started just 22 of the 53 games he took part in. Thompson's lack of court time resulted in a career-low 5.8 points, as well as just 6.6 rebounds and a meager 0.3 blocks. He shot 56.2 percent from the field, but shot just 54.4 percent from the free-throw line, which was yet another negative to his value. Overall, Thompson was nothing more than a rebound specialist in the deepest of leagues. He does have a chance to have somewhat of a bounce-back showing heading into 2018-19. The Cavaliers were unable to retain superstar LeBron James, who instead signed with the Lakers. With such a high usage player leaving, Thompson is sure to see a few more minutes per game and his numbers should trend upwards overall, even if he continues to come off the bench for the bulk of the time. That said, Kevin Love was re-upped to a four-year, $120 million extension and the Cavaliers apparently like what they in athletic big man Larry Nance, both of whom could see time at center and cut into Thompson's workload. As a result, Thompson's expected improvements may only be minor overall.
After playing all 82 games for the Cavaliers in each of the last four years, Thompson once again was just as reliable, seeing action in all but four games during his sixth season in the league. He posted a slight uptick in his point (8.1), rebound (9.2) and assist (1.0) numbers, while becoming a much better rim protector with a career-high 1.1 blocks per game. He also was more efficient from the floor, shooting 60 percent from the field. However, he shot a dreadful 49.8 percent from the free-throw line, which severely hurt his value in rotisserie leagues. The 2017-18 season could come with some minor changes for Thompson. The Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics and received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic in return. Crowder's presence could allow the Cavaliers to go to some smaller lineups with Crowder at power forward and Kevin Love at center, which could sacrifice a few of Thompson's minutes. That said, if Thompson's playing time does ultimately fall, it likely won't be by much and he should see similar numbers across the board for the most part. His value will continue to lie mostly in his rebounds and blocks, while profiling as an average scorer at best.
After a lengthy contract holdout lingered through much of training camp, Thompson eventually re-signed with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $82 million contract and turned in the most efficient season of his career in 2015-16, averaging 7.8 points per game on 58.8 percent shooting. While his impact offensively continued to diminish -- he had a career-low 11.7 percent usage rate -- Thompson embraced his role as a rebounding and defensive specialist. Thompson produced a career-best 23.3 defensive rebound percentage and 18.4 total rebound percentage while leading the NBA in offensive rating (130) among qualified players. He was moved in and out of the starting lineup throughout the regular season as both David Blatt and Tyronn Lue tinkered with the frontcourt alignment, but he ultimately settled in as the starting center prior to the postseason. Thompson started all 21 games en route to the title, averaging 6.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in addition to serving as the team's do-it-all defender, allowing the Cavs to switch on and off the ball at will. Entering 2016-17, Thompson is entrenched in a starting role as part of a big-man rotation that will also include Kevin Love, Channing Frye and Chris Andersen. With Frye and Love most comfortable working around the perimeter, it will again be Thompson's responsibility to clean the glass and protect the rim.
After two years as a starter in all 82 games for Cleveland, Tristan Thompson was mainly a reserve in 2014-15. He again played in 82 games, but started just 15 and almost all of his numbers decreased. In 27 minutes, Thompson provided 8.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.7 blocks. He did not attempt a three-pointer. The four-year Cavalier did have a career-high 55 percent from the field (which indicates that he was not taking shots out of his range), but his 64 percent from the line failed to impress. He continues to be an excellent offensive rebounder and still hauled in 3.3 of his own team's missed shots despite the decrease in minutes. Thompson can also switch to smaller players on defense, which is a critical skill on a team with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who are generally indifferent defenders. After Love separated his shoulder in the playoffs, Thompson moved into the starting lineup and provided 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. With Love and Timofey Mozgov as starters, Thompson will likely return to bench duty in the new season, and his production will be tied to his playing time.
Tristan Thompson has been the steadiest member of the Cavaliers' frontcourt for the last two seasons but has seen his situation change as he enters his fourth season in the league. The 6-9 forward has started every game since 2012 and has provided a stable stat line. In 2013-14, he averaged 11.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game. Despite being groomed as a defensive player, Thompson only blocked 0.4 shots per game last year. Last offseason, he switched primary shooting hands from his left to his right hand, and as a righty, he hit 48 percent of his field goals and a career-best 69 percent of his free throws. With a new regime in Cleveland, Thompson's role is somewhat uncertain. If Anderson Varejao is healthy, Thompson will likely come off the bench behind Kevin Love. Thompson could also serve as an undersized center next to Love in the starting lineup. The Canadian-born forward can play low-post defense, but at 238 pounds, he can give up muscle to bigger centers in the league. With Love on the court, there will not be as many defensive rebounding opportunities for Thompson. Since Love likes to play on the perimeter, Thompson could sneak in for offensive rebounds (3.3 per game in 2013-14) and have some fantasy appeal as a helper in rebounds and field goal percentage.
While starting next to Varejao last season, Thompson looked like he was going be nothing more than a slightly below average player. More doors opened for the 6-9 Canadian after Varejao was lost for the season, and Thompson produced buckets of double-doubles thereafter. He finished the season averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds. If Varejao and Bynum manage to stay healthy, Thompson's numbers will likely take a large dip, but he can be drafted and stashed in deeper leagues because the odds of Bynum and Varejao staying healthy aren't great.
Some folks were left scratching their heads when the Cavs took Thompson with the fourth pick in 2011. However, some of the advanced metrics love the big Canadian. As a rookie, he only averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, but he is still a raw player with potential, and he could see an uptick in his performance this year.
Thompson has the athleticism and skills to make an immediate impact. However, at the tender age of 20, it is unclear what his role will be, especially with Jamison back and healthy. After playing just one year at the University of Texas, where he averaged 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, expect Thompson to help the Cavaliers’ tremendously on the boards and with points in the paint. If Jamison’s season is cut short again by injuries, Thompson could see his minutes skyrocket and instantly becomes a top-20 power forward.
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Leaves with eye injury, won't return
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March 8, 2020
Thompson will not return to Sunday night's game due to a right eye injury, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
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Grabs 13 board in return
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March 7, 2020
Thompson (knee) managed nine points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-4 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 victory over the Nuggets.
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Expected back Saturday
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March 7, 2020
Thompson (knee) is expected to return Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
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Questionable Saturday vs. Denver
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March 6, 2020
Thompson (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Nuggets.
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Practices fully Friday
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March 6, 2020
Thompson (knee) was a full practice participant Friday, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
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